Differences Between European And American Indian Societies

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Contacts between the Native Americans and the Europeans brought changes to the American Indian societies through three ways. First, since the Spaniards established their settlements by taking over American Indians land, they lived with the Native Americans that survived during the war. As a result, this caused a formation of many different mixed societies. For instance, when the Taino women began to marry Spanish men, they produced a mixed society called the mestizos. After a generation, the Tainos were evolved into another group, and they were no longer distinct as a people or group. Second, Spanish missionaries wanted to convert the Native Americans into Christians. Since many Native Americans were polytheistic, they believed in many gods.
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